Aurora Boveridge College

Aurora Boveridge College delivers a vocational and academic curriculum for day and residential students, focused on personal progression.
Our fully equipped science lab gives students the opportunity to study upto level 3 in the sciences.
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Address:

Aurora Boveridge College
Cranborne
Wimborne
Dorset
BH21 5RT
  • Course Length (weeks):
    38
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    Throughout the year
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    60
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25

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General Description

A specialist college for students with a range of diagnoses including Aspergers Syndrome, HFA, Anxiety and Mental Health conditions. Situated in extensive grounds we provide academic and vocational educational programmes with an emphasis on future pathways such as employment, higher education and independent living. Our multi disciplinary approaches ensure our students achieve their goals and best possible outcomes for adulthood. We welcome students who would benefit from a managed environment, large therapeutic grounds and on onsite clinical team.

Catchment Area

We are a national provider accepting both day and residential learners from across the UK.

Curriculum

We offer a broad educational and life skills curriculum, providing all students with the best possible opportunities for positive progression into the worlds of employment, apprenticeships or further study at both FE or HE levels. Education is supported with integrated therapeutic support enabling students to fully access the curriculum offer. Academic subjects range from Entry to Level 3 and include Maths, English, Sciences, Art and Photography. Vocational choices include Horticulture and Landbased studies, Animal Care, Art & Photography,  Motor Vehicle Engineering, Catering and Hospitality. All students engage in a bespoke work experience and careers programme using the Gatsby Benchmarks to raise our student's aspirations, promote access to all career pathways and to enable them to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve. All students have access to and engage in a broad tutorial package that promotes emotional wellbeing, keeping safe and healthy, social media, relationships and alcohol and drugs awareness. Our students also take part in community action and entrepreneurship projects, where they play a vital part in the wider community.

Specialist Facilities

Extensive education resources and well-managed grounds support our curriculum of vocational training and academic qualifications. Our education centre comprises of environmentally managed classrooms,  specialist curriculum teaching spaces and well-equipped modern vocational learning environments helping promote vocational and academic skills progression. Situated in the grounds of the college students have access to a range of outdoor sporting activities including, football pitch, all-weather tennis and basketball court, outdoor gymnasium, bushcraft zone and a mountainbike trail. Supporting our students to develop their independent living skills we have fully equipped kitchens, laundry room and communal relaxation spaces.

Seperate from the education centre in the main building, we have our homely residential living spaces. Students have modern  individual living spaces and a selection of rooms are equipped with en-suite facilities. Students have access to two shared kitchen/dining areas and three communal lounge relaxation areas.

All students have access, depending on their individual needs,  to the newly opened Willows building an on-site therapeutic support centre. This is staffed by a full-time therapy team which includes; occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry and speech and language professionals.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Asperger syndrome
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Mental health needs
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Acquired brain injury
    • Communication difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • A social skills programme
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • A specialised land-based curriculum
    • A personal development programme
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to take part in a range of business activities
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
  • > Our specialist services

    • A range of therapeutic services
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • In-house psychology services
    • In-house psychiatric services
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Waking night residential staff
    • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year

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This list, developed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014, means that some parts of the Act apply to these independent institutions. This includes specialist colleges.